BGKT 2016 News

Updated 22nd July 2017

BGKT 2016 News

2016 celebrated the 25th anniversary of BGKT’s founding in 1991.

http://www.newslanka.net/buddhist_group_of_kendal_25th_anniversary.html

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/14777662.Kendal_Buddhists_celebrate_25_years_of_faith/

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,12968,0,0,1,0#.WP8bDMbTXIU

November 2016

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 29th November at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

November 2016

INTERFAITH WEEK 13-20 November 2016

http://www.interfaithweek.org/

Unitarian Chapel Event

On Sunday 20th November Interfaith Week was celebrated at Kendal Unitarian Chapel. An Interfaith Service led by Interfaith Minister Rev Mandy Reynolds (SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum Treasurer), included readings and prayers from and representatives of local faith communities and faith organizations. BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) was represented by John Gerrard Upasaka Sumedha (BGKT Treasurer) and Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili (BGKT Secretary). John Gerrard gave a reading.

https://southlakelandinterfaith.com/2016/11/03/slif-inter-faith-week-activities/

SLEDP Event

South Lakeland Equality and Diversity Partnership (SLEDP) presented a talk by Monsignor Francis Slattery on Interfaith on Thursday 17th November at The Kendal Quaker Friends Meeting House. The talk led to an interesting discussion on interfaith. SLEDP member Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili gave a short talk on BEWES Buddhists Engaged with Emergency Services and Faith and Fire. The Deputy Mayor of Kendal Councillor Andy Blackman attended.

“Priest’s talk at Quaker Tapestry celebrates friendship between faiths”

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/14914329.Priest__39_s_talk_at_Quaker_Tapestry_celebrates_friendship_between_faiths/

“Veteran priest to celebrate friendship between faiths at Kendal event”

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/14737950.Veteran_priest_to_celebrate_friendship_between_faiths_at_Kendal_event/?ref=mrb&lp=14

“Interfaith Week”, Catholic Voice, Issue 286 (February 2017) page 6.

http://www.catholicvoiceoflancaster.co.uk/catholic-voice-archives/

SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum Event

The Deputy Mayor of Kendal Councillor Andy Blackman, joined SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith for a celebration in Kendal Town Hall on Tuesday 15th November. Readings were given by the Deputy Mayor and local faith groups. A booklet of readings was prepared by SLIF. Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili read on behalf of Faith and Fire.

https://southlakelandinterfaith.com/2016/11/03/slif-inter-faith-week-activities/

https://southlakelandinterfaith.com/2016/11/15/readings-from-interfaith-week-2016/

November 2016

BGKT attended Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester’s Kathina Ceremony on Sunday 13th November.

http://www.ketumati.org/

http://www.newslanka.net/annual_katina_ceremony_of_ketumati_buddhist_vihara.html

November 2016

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati, on 5th November. Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) led the Metta Meditation (meditation on loving kindness).

http://www.ketumati.org/

October 2016

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 18th October at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

October 2016

BGKT attended MBC Manchester Buddhist Convention on Saturday 15th October 2016 at St Peter’s House Chaplaincy, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9GH

https://manchesterbuddhistconvention.wordpress.com/

http://www.newslanka.net/manchester_buddhist_convention.html

Buddhists, Fire and Rescue Service and Police Working Together in Cumbria posted 10 June 2012 https://manchesterbuddhistconvention.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/buddhists-fire-and-rescue-service-and-police-working-together-in-cumbria/

Faith and Fire posted 26 July 2015 https://manchesterbuddhistconvention.wordpress.com/spiritual-event-listings/faith-and-fire/

Jacquetta Gomes – World’s First Female Buddhist Fire Chaplain posted 26 July 2015 https://manchesterbuddhistconvention.wordpress.com/2015/07/26/jacquetta-gnomes-worlds-first-female-buddhist-fire-chaplain/

October 2016

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati, on 1st October. Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) led the Metta Meditation (meditation on loving kindness).

http://www.ketumati.org/

September 2016

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester) led a retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) at Fellside Centre Kendal.

This retreat celebrated the 25th anniversary of BGKT’s founding in 1991.

http://www.newslanka.net/buddhist_group_of_kendal_25th_anniversary.html

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/14777662.Kendal_Buddhists_celebrate_25_years_of_faith/

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,12968,0,0,1,0#.WP8bDMbTXIU

September 2016

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 20th September at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

September 2016

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati, on 3rd September. Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) led the Metta Meditation (meditation on loving kindness).

http://www.ketumati.org/

August 2016

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 16th August at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

August 2016

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati, on 6th August. Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) led the Metta Meditation (meditation on loving kindness).

http://www.ketumati.org/

July 2016

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester) led a retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) at Kendal Fire Station community room on 31st July 2016. As far as we are aware he led the first retreat led by a Buddhist Monk to take place in an operational Fire Station in the UK, at Kendal Fire Station in September 2011.

July 2016

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 19th July at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

July 2016

The Rev Canon Dr Andrew Todd the Director of The Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies Centre visited Kendal on 11th July.

The visit was organized by The Cardiff Centre and Faith and Fire of which he is a member of the Steering Group. BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes is a member of the Steering Group.

In the morning he met Councillor Graham Vincent who represented Kendal Town Council.

He met Group Manager Justin Robinson from CFRS who is repsponsible for overseeing the Chaplaincy programme within CFRS. Justin Robinson offered the Community Room at Kendal Fire Staion as the venue for Rev Canon Dr Todd’s excellent Chaplaincy training session for 12 local chaplains in the afternoon.

In the evening he gave a public talk at Stricklandgate Methodist Church on the Cardiff Centre’s research and work with chaplains in different settings to offer a picture of chaplaincy today – its scope, purpose and range of people involved in and served by chaplaincy. He also spoke about the changing face of religion, belief and spirituality in the life of our society.

“Kendal talk to shine light on chaplaincy”, Westmorland Gazette, posted on website 7 June 2016.

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/14538775.Kendal_talk_to_shine_light_on_chaplaincy/?ref=mac

“Talk at Kendal Church Shines Light on Chaplaincy”, Westmorland Gazette, posted on website 13 July 2016.

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/14616276.Talk_at_Kendal_church_shines_light_on_chaplaincy/

July 2016

Kendal Civic Celebration for Mayor’s Sunday led by The Worshipful the Town Mayor Councillor Stephen Coleman on Sunday 3rd July 2016, included an invitation from the Mayor to SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum and faith groups in Kendal.

Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili represented BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada). Rev John Hetherington and SLIF Treasurer Rev Mandy Reynolds represented SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum. They walked in the Civic Procession from the Town Hall to The Parish Church of the Holy Trinity for the Civic Service. Refreshments were served in the Mayors Parlour in Kendal Town Hall afterwards.

July 2016

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati, on 2nd July. Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) led the Metta Meditation (meditation on loving kindness).

http://www.ketumati.org/

June 2016

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 21st June at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

June 2016

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati, on 4th June. Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) led the Metta Meditation (meditation on loving kindness).

http://www.ketumati.org/

May 2016

BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal Theravada attended Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester’s Wesak Celebration on 22nd May 2016.

http://www.ketumati.org/

 

May 2016

The Mayor of Kendal Councillor Stephen Coleman attended BGKT’s Wesak celebrations, at Kendal URC United Reformed Church on May 21st 2016.

May 2016

The Kendal Town Council Annual General Meeting & Mayor Making Ceremony for Mayor Councillor Stephen Coleman was held in Kendal Town Hall on 19th May 2016.

Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili and Titus Gomes represented BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada).

May 2016

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 17th May at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

April 2016

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 19th April at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

April 2016

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati, on 2nd April. Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) led the Metta Meditation (meditation on loving kindness).

http://www.ketumati.org/

March 2016

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 29th March at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

March 2016

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati, on 5th March. Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) led the Metta Meditation (meditation on loving kindness).

http://www.ketumati.org/

February 2016

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 16th February at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

February 2016

BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati, on 6th February. Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) led the Metta Meditation (meditation on loving kindness).

http://www.ketumati.org/

February 2016

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has three Fire Chaplains who are Buddhists: Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester), Venerable Galpottayaye Pemananda (Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester) and Jacquetta Gomes (Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada)). Venerable Piyatissa led a session on Buddhism and Mindfulness for SF&RS staff and volunteers as part of World Interfaith Harmony Week celebrations on Friday 5th February. http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/3452.asp

http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/Documents/chaplains-poster-2015-v2.pdf http://worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com

http://www.newslanka.net/staffordshire_fire_and_rescue_service.html

January 2016

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 19th January at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

January 2016

The Buddhist elibrary included pages by BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada).

http://www.buddhistelibrary.org/en/index.php?theme=classic&lang=english

Buddhist Precepts / Sila

http://www.buddhistelibrary.org/en/thumbnails.php?album=153

Buddhist Chaplaincy

http://www.buddhistelibrary.org/en/displayimage.php?pid=2453

Buddhist Fire Chaplaincy

http://www.buddhistelibrary.org/en/displayimage.php?pid=2454

“Kendal Buddhists ‘delighted’ that their works feature in new international eLibrary”, Westmorland Gazette, posted 1 February (2016).

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/14244520.Kendal_Buddhists__delighted__that_their_works_feature_in_new_international_eLibrary/

“Kendal Buddhists ‘delighted’ that their works feature in new international eLibrary”, The Buddhist Channel, 2 February, 2016.

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,12656,0,0,1,0#.WP8kscbTXIU

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